WHY Drop-dead amazing dumplings.
WHAT Be prepared to wait in line, but don’t expect to mind the minute you bite into your first dumpling. (That said, nothing is worth a 90-minute wait, so try to come outside of prime hours, when the wait might be just 20 minutes.) This American branch of a Taipei dumpling house is famed for its Shanghai-style soup dumplings, whose mix of broth, pork and crab explodes in your mouth. But all the dumplings, from the vegetarian to the shrimp-and-pork sui mai, are dreamy.
WHO A never-ending stream of Angelenos from every walk of life.
Region: San Gabriel Valley
Features: Dinner, Essentially L.A., Kid Friendly, Lunch, Value, Vegetarian
Price Range: $10-under
Cuisine Type: Chinese, Dumplings/noodles